Copeland's able introduction to the Land and People of Jordan (rev. ed. 1972) remains unrivaled, but Poole does expand on some important aspects of the nation's contemporary situation. In particular, he stresses economic development, the remarkable progress in widening educational opportunities at all levels and the improved situation of Jordanian women, who no longer wear the veil and are increasingly accepted in schools and employment. Tensions among the Palestinian minority and King Hussein's continued and, sometimes surprising, tenacity in power also come in for extensive attention. And though Poole relegates the past, especially pre-20th century, to the background -- he does note the current impact, cultural and political, of Islam and the pressures of development on Bedouin tradition. A useful addition.